Jenny and I are planning to again sponsor a house concert this year. We have set Saturday night February 14th as the night to feature our friends the Herald Angels . Members are Alice Gerrard, Kay Justice and Gail Gillespie. These three are highly respected in the field of old-time country and traditional playing and singing. We have been accumulating email addresses to let folks know the details. Let me know if you want more info.
Instead, of our house this time we are going to use a 'sacred space' ie, the old-timey feeling Burk's Fork Church of the Bretheren . This 100+ year old structure has all wood interior with padded benches and twin woodstoves for heat. It has great acoustics and should be a fine venue for listening to the music.
As for ourselves our Gig of the Year will be as a part of the traditional stage at Merlefest in April. We plan to include our buddy Shay Garriock on fiddle. Shay has been someone we have worked with on many occasions for serious programs as well as for flatfooters at the Floyd Country Store on Friday nights occasionally. He is featured on a couple of numbers on our CD 'Never Grow Old' on the Mountain Fever label.
Shay and I have been working on a recording of banjo & fiddle duets and songs to be released by April. We have been into the same sources for years so our playing tend to be very tight. We intend for it to showcase some versions from Virginia old-timers that we have learned from. Check out macandshaycd.homestead.com for some samples.
There will be more to say later but check our calendar and come see us.